Amp – Attempting the All-In-One Entertainment Device

Amp has an interesting vision, as described in this Wired article.

Here's how Adderton sees the near future: You'll be asleep in your house, and your wireless entertainment device will wake you up. It'll be voice-activated, so if you want some music -Ö Nelly or Eminem Ö you just say so. You'll use the device to turn on your TV and change channels or to surf the internet on your computer. Just tell it what you want to do and it'll take you there.

When you go outside, you'll plug it into your car and it will serve as a global positioning system and give you detailed directions to where you're going. The device will tell the car stereo what tunes you have on your iPod and play them over the speakers. If someone else is driving, you can watch TV news or surf the internet, answer e-mail, download music or read an electronic book. At work you can put the phone up to a special reader and pay for lunch or coffee. Perhaps you'll hold a video conference. Or pay bills.

It's a great idea, but ultratechies don't realize that some people still like old-fashioned ways. I hope they never stop making print versions of magazines, because for some strange reason, I really like them.

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